Category Archives: Tourism

RVA’s 30th Annual Grand Illumination is Friday

Richmond James CenterBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A holiday tradition continues. Experience the magic of the holiday season as tens of thousands of twinkly lights illuminate the night sky along the banks of the James River in historic Downtown Richmond during their 30th Annual Grand Illumination.

The James Center Christmas tree and reindeer will be lighted along with downtown office buildings that will brighten the skyline in a festive atmosphere that includes entertainment with special appearances by Snow Bear, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Santa. Don’t miss the fun as Richmond opens the holiday season.

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West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort unveils impressive 1,000-pound chocolate holiday display

By Lynn R. Mitchell


Pictured clockwise from top left: Jean-Francois Suteau, Executive Pastry Chef at The Greenbrier, stands next to one of his chocolate creations; some of the resort’s holiday-themed chocolate structures; The Greenbrier’s impressive 1,000-pound chocolate Christmas display.

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Gulf sunsets

By Lynn R. Mitchell


Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico – October 2014.

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Autumn colors in Franklin, Tennessee

Katy Lord Visit Franklin

By Katy Lord

Fall in Franklin, Tennessee … I was flattered to have my photo shared by Visit Franklin! 

Katy Mitchell Lord grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia but now lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee. A 2012 graduate of Staunton’s Mary Baldwin College, she earned a BS in Sustainable Business with a minor in Marketing. Katy is the daughter of Lynn R. Mitchell and shares a love of photography.

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Cherish sunsets, friends, and memories … ‘the moment might be gone too soon’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

“Cherish the moment of togetherness, because the sun will fall beneath the ocean, creating a sunset, and the moment might be gone too soon.”–Unknown

Thinking tonight of Dennis Burnett of Augusta County who passed away this morning. It was an honor to know him the past 14 years (Augusta County’s Dennis Burnett passes away). Thoughts and prayers go at this sad time to his wife, family, and incredibly huge network of friends….

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Blue Ridge Parkway autumn colors peaking in North Carolina

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Color Daily Tracker is reporting, “This will be one of the best weekends of the year to travel the southern sections of the Parkway.  We are getting reports of near peak color around Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, and the Balsam range.”

To read more or sign up for email notifications, check out the Blue Ridge Parkway Color Daily Tracker.

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Finding autumn in West Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

West Va Germany Valley 1Germany Valley, West Virginia
September 30, 2014

We were looking for autumn and found it in a bend in the road where an expansive, breath-taking view opened before us deep in the Allegheny Mountains of Pendleton County in eastern West Virginia. Reds and yellows of maples were mixed with evergreens and still-green hardwoods.

Rich in history and originally part of Virginia, Germany Valley settled by Germans and Pennsylvania Dutch farming families. The area is rich in caves, some open to the public and some that are still being discovered. The very popular Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob, highest point in WVa, are also in the surrounding Monongahela National Forest.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 30, 2014

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Delta Airline’s adorable ‘Leave No Bag Behind’ ad

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Adorable Delta Airlines television ad….



New Orleans Saints picnic with the fans Saturday at Greenbrier

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Calling all Saints fans! Tomorrow — Saturday, July 26 — fans can picnic with their team for only $10 per person at the Greenbrier Resort in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and more with photos and autographs in the mountains of West Virginia.







Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as “America’s Resort,” it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: five golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club’s private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort’s grounds.

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Swiss chocolatier on verge of acquiring American Russell Stover

Chocolate 3By Lynn R. Mitchell

Chocolate is in the news today as two of my favorite chocolatiers are poised to merge in an acquisition that make it the third largest chocolate company in the world.

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Nashville by night

By Katy Lord

Nashville 1Nashville waterfront by night … the Cumberland River reflects the lights of Music City.

Photo by Katy Lord
Nashville, TN
June 21, 2014

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First day of summer and shrimping in South Carolina

ShrimpBy Lynn R. Mitchell

So today is the first day of summer … and I was thinking about another first day of summer when I was in my early 30s when SWAC Husband and I took our 16-month-old son and visited with friends who were living in Charleston, S.C. On June 21 of that year we all boarded their boat and headed out into Charleston Harbor to visit historical Fort Sumter, walking its pathways and absorbing the history of it all.

After leaving Fort Sumter, we pointed the boat toward the coastline and went into one of the delta inlets for some shrimping, a great pastime for our friends and something that was about to become a new experience for us. After anchoring the boat, we swam and waited for the water to recede as the time for low tide approached.

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